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Garcia to Golden Boy: “Why am I being held back financially? Give me the check I deserve!”

The road to superstardom is a rough one. It’s especially rough if you’re constantly at odds with the promoter who’s supposed to take you to superstardom.

21-year-old burgeoning star Ryan Garcia has had another dust-up with promoter, Oscar De La Hoya. And, this one, may be of the more permanent kind.

Turned down $200K

Garcia recently turned down a $200,000 purse for a July 4th Golden Boy date on DAZN. In return, Golden Boy founder and CEO, De La Hoya, released the following statement via Twitter:

“Due to Team @KingRyanG decision not to accept a July 4th bout, we will now return in late July with the future of boxing ?? @vergilortiz , more exciting details to follow @GoldenBoyBoxing”

This virtual jab prompted Garcia to respond with a since-deleted counter:

“You do realize you’re supposed to be my promoter not hater, right?”

Same as last fall

The disharmony is similar to the one last September when De La Hoya went public with a swipe at his fighter’s willingness to fight after Garcia turned down a last-minute bout with Filipino slugger Romero Duno. In that case, things were settled with a meeting of minds and a lucrative 5-fight deal for Garcia.

This time out, the young fighter has taken his case directly to the public.

“Where my love?”

“I’m not getting respect in the business matters,” Garcia said during an interview on the Chris Mannix boxing podcast. “They promote me as one of the biggest names that they have got. I’m not feeling the extra love that they claim I’m getting shown. I’m one of their most viewed fighters. Guaranteed, top-three. I’m getting the views. I’m getting the clicks. More than anyone but Canelo [Alvarez] and [Anthony] Joshua. Where’s my love?

“I’m not saying anything about Golden Boy. I’m not going to worry about what Golden Boy is doing right now. I just want my direct line. I’m tired of going through middle men. DAZN needs to call me. I need to hear from them why stuff can’t happen.

“That’s bull—-,” Garcia continued. “Why am I being held back financially? What is the problem here? Why is DAZN giving out big numbers to guys fighting nobodies? It’s fu—ed up how I’m being treated. I’m not asking for $100 million. Just give me the check I deserve. How am I one of the biggest fighters in the world and I get bigger paychecks outside of boxing?”

Golden Boy responds

Golden Boy President Eric Gomez was diplomatic, but firm in his response. The executive would explain that, despite the economic realities of a world in a full-blown pandemic, Garcia was still being paid above his contractual minimum.

“We’re living in a pandemic,” Gomez replied to Chris Mannix. “There are some real hard times out there. It’s arguably the worst financial downfall since the Great Depression. Ryan’s next show is not going to have any fans. His gate is significant. But he wasn’t asked to take a pay cut. In the contract that we recently signed, we were going to pay him above his minimum for this next fight.”

How this one works out is anyone’s guess. Is there a way to hammer out such a disagreement a second time?

It seems here that maybe both parties are right. Garcia’s worth right now DOES heavily depend on his live gate drawing ability. And, of course, without being able to bring in an audience, his bankability is limited. Garcia, also, has a point in bringing up the fact that he carries a significant worth to both his promoter and to streaming service DAZN and shouldn’t be low-balled.

We’ll all just have to wait and see how this one turns out.

Paul Magno
Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]
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